“The best laid plans of mice and men.” We have all heard or maybe even used this expression. It comes from a poem titled “To a Mouse”, written by Robert Burns in 1785. The poem is about a mouse who built her nest for the winter and stocked it with everything she needed to keep her family safe, warm, and fed until Spring. It was a great plan, until the farmer tilled up the field.

The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men

          Gang aft agley,

An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,

          For promis’d joy!

The poem is actually an apology from the farmer to the mouse as he laments that no matter how carefully we plan and try to provide, things will inevitably go awry and change our carefully laid out plans. Such is life! This past year has highlighted the fact that no matter how prepared we think we are; life will always happen and problems will arise that are out of our control.

The answer – keep moving forward, trusting that God is ultimately in control and is the only one we can truly depend on for life’s provisions.

Just when we thought 2020 was behind us and we could start moving forward into a “normal” life once again – 2021 hit. We have already experienced multiple disruptions to our “best laid plans”, and we keep moving forward!

The recent “Winter Freeze” is just the latest of the disruptions. It has turned many of our lives upside down, canceled our plans (including Ash Wednesday services and the beginning of Lent), and created new challenges that nobody could have foreseen. However, God’s blessings are all around us. People have come together to help each other out. Godley UMC was able to open our doors to provide heat, shelter, and food for those who needed it. And multiple opportunities have arisen for us to share and give to help others get back on their feet.

We Move Forward! Plans are made for a wonderful Palm Sunday Service, March 28th. We are hosting Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday services on April 1st & 2nd. A community wide Easter Egg Hunt on April 3rd. And we will have full and open services on Easter Sunday, April 4th. And if our best laid plans are disrupted – we will move forward with God and whatever new plans He has in store for us.



Pastor Randy Tucker